Poll shows pop­u­lar­ity for Pres­i­dent Macron tum­bling

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Paris, France - A poll out on Sun­day shows the pop­u­lar­ity rat­ing of France’s new Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron has slumped ten points to hit 54 per cent over the past month.

While Macron has made a strong start on the world stage and won a solid ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment, his first three months in power have not been com­pletely trou­ble-free. He was widely crit­i­cised by op­po­nents and the press as heavy-handed af­ter a row over bud­get cuts that ended with the res­ig­na­tion of a high­lyre­garded mil­i­tary chief.

The 39 year old leader has also backed a con­tro­ver­sial bill to toughen France’s se­cu­rity laws that in­cludes mea­sures some rights groups have branded as dra­co­nian. His ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment has drawn con­cern, with op­po­nents and sev­eral news­pa­pers ex­press­ing con­cern over the con­cen­tra­tion of power in the pres­i­dency. Ac­cord­ing to an Ifop poll car­ried out for Jour­nal du Di­manche news­pa­per, the num­ber of French peo­ple sat­is­fied with his per­for­mance fell ten points from 64 per cent in June.

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